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Baraboo Pottery

A pottery operated in Baraboo from 1851 to 1857 by Philip Pointon. Two earthenware pieces that initiated our research, a...

Baraboo Pottery Waster Dump Dig

The objective of this project was to learn more about the pottery produced there. There are two intact pieces of...

Berlin Potteries

For years this style of pottery has been attributed to "Whitewater" due to similarities with ware produced there. We are...

Brodhead – William Murray Pottery

An almost invisible potter, who would never show up as a potter in this state but for a single example...

Colgate – August Henschel

August Henschel was a redware potter who operated in Colgate, Waukesha County, Wisconsin from about 1856 to 1900. His work...

Fond du Lac – Henry Kummerow Pottery

Henry Kummerow was born in Mecklenburg, Germany in March of 1832 and arrived in Sheboygan as a 'day laborer' in...

Franz Schwannthaler – Potter

Franz or 'Frank' Schwanthaler is known today not by his pottery production in Milwaukee or near Hartford, Wisconsin, but rather...

Hilbert – Adolph Rehm Pottery

Adolph Rehm was born near the village of Briete outside the City of Lemgo in Lippe-Detmold on June 15, 1851,...

Kewaskum – Anton Fuchs Pottery

Anton (Anselm) Fuchs operated an earthenware pottery in Kewaskum from about 1867 to the mid-1880’s.  Prior to that he had...

Kewaunee – John Klotz Pottery

John Klotz is yet another immigrant potter who tried his luck at his old-world craft, only to find his skills...

La Crosse – Brower and Vail Pottery

Very little is known about this short-lived pottery. No pottery or sherds have been found and very little is known...

Luzerne Ransom

Stoneware with Lucerne Ransom’s name stamped on them and a Maxfield-style cobalt flower decoration. This led to speculation that he...

Menasha – Leonard Rohrer Pottery 1869 – 1873

Stoneware pots, jugs, butter churns and jars with a distinctive cobalt decoration are found in the Appleton area in relative...

Menasha – The Traveling Pottery 1854 – 1855

There is very limited information about this most improbable pottery making venture. The proprietor was a Mr. Crough from Menasha....

Menomonie Pottery

Identifying Wisconsin earthenware potteries can be challenging, and some are easily missed, especially when they are small and short-lived. If...

Milwaukee – Charles Hermann & Co. Pottery

Charles Hermann & Co. is the best known and most productive stoneware manufacturer in Wisconsin in the 19th century. Spanning...

Milwaukee – Friedrich Herrmann Pottery

The earthenware pottery of Friedrich Herrmann was the longest single-owner operated pottery in Wisconsin (38 years). A close second was...

Milwaukee – Pierron Pottery Company

Louis M. Pierron was born in 1853, the son of Catherine(a) and Louis Pierron. Shortly after the death of the...

Milwaukee Stoneware Factory

The Milwaukee Stoneware Factory was started in late 1848 and operated for ten years. Ownership changed frequently during the first...

Oconto – Plain Pottery

Hubertus Plain made earthenware on the banks of the Oconto river for three years during the Civil War. Read the...

Portage – Conant Street Pottery 1861 – 1863

In June 1860 Isaac Farrar left the Farrar & Russell partnership and nine months later was in full production at...

Portage – De Witt Street Pottery 1859 -1863

Portage is a city located in central Wisconsin north west of Madison, the state capitol. In 1673, Jacques Marquette and...

Portage – De Witt Street Pottery Waster Dump Excavation

During construction of a new County Courthouse building in Portage in 2017, a large pottery shard layer was discovered about...

Potosi – Ethan Griffith Pottery

Ethan Griffith was born April 15, 1803, at Warrington, York County, Pennsylvania, son of Joseph and Rebecca Cook Griffith. He...

Potters Joint Emigration Society

In the late 1840's the potter's unions in Staffordshire devised a plan to help Staffordshire potters emigrate to Wisconsin to...

Pottery Bottles from Wisconsin

Pottery bottles were among the first bottles produced for Wisconsin soda and beer bottlers and merchants. The earliest were made...

Pressed Stoneware Bottles

Pressed bottles are bottles made in a mold instead of on a wheel. This article describes the patented process for...

Racine – John Novak

Kenneth Dearolf described John Novak pottery in “Wisconsin Folk Pottery” as redware with glazes that were “shiny brown, yellow-brown, and...

Sheboygan – Henry W. Chamberlain

Chamberlain operated a store in Sheboygan in the late 1840’s and early 1850’s. Henry W. was a merchant conducting business...

Sheboygan – Theodore Mies Potteries

These two Sheboygan stoneware factories both had their beginnings in the household of Prussian farm laborer Theodore Mies, 39, who...

Shullsburg – Dielman Pottery 1856 – ??

Not much is known about this pottery. It’s exact location is unknown and no pottery or sherds has have been...

The Viking Brotherhood Cup

Susan Frackelton presented an exhibit featuring twelve pieces of salt-glazed art pottery at the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition. Most...

Thomas H. Williams

Thomas Williams was born in New York in 1813. By 1840 he was living in St. Morris Township in Livingston...

Twin Grove Pottery

In about 1850 Isaac Sanborn started an earthenware pottery in Twin Grove, a small village in the Jefferson Township of...

Twin Grove Pottery Site Excavation

The purpose of the dig and this document is to provide information about the pottery made at the site to...

Wautoma – William D. and Edwin Mosier Potteries

The potteries of William and Edvin Mosier produced a diversity of wares exhibiting glazes that range from downright ugly to...

Whitewater – Cravath Street Pottery

George Dann started making pottery in about 1847. The Early Annals of Whitewater contained the following biography of him... Read...

Whitewater – Depot Pottery

The Depot Pottery was the largest and longest-lived of the four Whitewater factories. It operated almost continuously for 27 years...

Whitewater – Fremont Street Pottery

The exact date that Warren Cole started the Fremont Street Pottery is unknown but Prosper Cravath wrote that it was...

Whitewater – George G. Williams

George Williams was a born in New York in 1803. In 1822 he took a job as manager of a...

Whitewater – Pottery Examples

Despite the large size of the potteries, very few examples of their ware survived, especially undamaged pieces. Whitewater pottery is...

Whitewater – Whiton Street Pottery

The Whiton Street Pottery was started by 29-year-old German immigrant John Milz, a former potter and employee of one of...

William Gunther

William Gunther was born in 1797 in Nassau Germany. He came to Milwaukee in 1852 or 1853 and worked at...

William Sanderson

William Sanderson was born in Ireland in 1820. From July 1839 until March of 1840 Sanderson partnered with Edward Selby...

Wisconsin Potter & Owners Directory

This is a directory listing of over 300 people involved in the pottery industry in Wisconsin between 1840 and 1890...

Wisconsin Potteries Directory

This is a directory listing of over 100 sites where pottery was manufactured in Wisconsin between 1840 and 1890. Article:...

Wisconsin Pottery Sites – Interactive Map

We have pinned 99 of the 107 Wisconsin Pottery sites known to us.  Zoom-in the see the location, and click...

Wisconsin Territory – McCann Pottery

In the 1830s in the lead mining region there was a large influx of people. At the time, Dubuque was...
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